Donald Kergon dies, 86

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DONALD Kergon, a community stalwart who served Calderdale Council for over 45 years, has died at 86.

Mr Kergon joined the council in 1941 as a junior clerk and retired in June 1988 as a senior administrative officer for the transport division.

He also served his colleagues as chief union negotiator for Calderdale branch of the National and Local Government Officers Association.

Born on January 25, 1925, Mr Kergon spent his youth in Ovenden, Illingworth and Savile Park.

He attended Moorside Junior School, Ovenden, before going on to Heath Grammar School, Halifax, from 1936 to 1941.

From 1944 to 1947 Mr Kergon served as a wireless operator/air gunner in the RAF. He reached the rank of sergeant.

In July 1969 he married Fiona Mary Farquhar at Central Methodist Church, Pontefract. They had two children – Alasdair and Lindsey.

A prolific community servant, Mr Kergon, was a governor at Ling Bob J&I School, Pellon, for 20 years and at North Halifax Grammar School, Illingworth, for 18.

He also served as vice chairman of Halifax and District YMCA and was awarded the Gold Order of the Red Triangle in 2006.

Between 1955 and 1985 Mr Kergon donated blood 50 times and was presented with a gold badge for his achievement.

He was honorary treasurer of Halifax Badminton League from 1959 to 1984 and spent 18 years as the circuit treasurer of the Halifax Methodist Church Circuit.

He died on January 26. 86. His funeral will be at St Andrew’s Church, Huddersfield Road on Monday.